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Constitution Gun Rights

What Progressives Refuse to Understand About the 2nd Amendment

Written by Nicholas Wishek

Following the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Orlando, traditional Americans are facing yet another wave of progressive attempts to dismantle the Second Amendment. The standard excuse progressives give is that they want to prevent crazies and want-to-be terrorists from buying guns. This is a typical progressive tactic.

In my state of California they told voters that the dangers of second hand smoke was the reason they wanted to ban smoking in enclosed public places. Voters believed them. Now, not only is smoking banned in enclosed public places, it is also banned in open air areas where the risk of harmful second hand smoke is just about nil. Further, both smokeless tobacco and e-cigarettes – which pose absolutely no possible harm to bystanders – are prohibited as well.

The same will be true with “reasonable” gun control measures. The progressives’ ultimate objective is to prevent Americans from owning guns, period.

Let’s be clear here. Guns are an equalizer. They gave medieval serfs the ability to stand up against trained knights.  Today they give a 110-pound woman a chance to fend off a 250-pound man intent on rape. Our Founding Fathers made the right to bear arms the second most important right in the Bill of Rights for a reason. It reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

These rights have already been massively infringed upon, but progressives won’t stop until the entire Amendment is overturned.

Again, to be clear, the Founders did not give us the Second Amendment to allow us to hunt, target shoot for fun, or even just to allow us to defend ourselves from bad guys. They gave it to us to keep us free from an overreaching government. Remember, the militia back then was not the equivalent to the modern day national guard that is controlled by a government far away. Militias then were local, and citizens were expected to provide their own weapons.

The reason our Founders wrote the Second Amendment is depicted in one of my favorite movies, The Patriot, released in 2000. It starred Mel Gibson who portrayed a fictional character Benjamin Martin, who seems to have been based on a composite of Daniel Morgan and Francis Marion. In a captivating scene early on in the movie Gibson’s character sees his second son killed, his home burned, and his eldest son taken away to be hanged as a spy by government soldiers. Unlike most 21st century Americans, Gibson’s character doesn’t look around for a lawyer to file a bevy of lawsuits.  Instead he grabs his firearms and enlists the aid of his third and fourth sons – played by actors who appeared to be roughly 12 and 10 years of age – to rescue his oldest son.

They catch up with the British patrol that are taking the eldest son to off to his execution and, basically, massacre them. Both young sons help their father by killing British soldiers. How many modern day Americans would even dream of doing the same?  More importantly, how many could?

In my home state, the Peoples Socialist State of California, Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law several bills that severely further infringe our right to keep and bear arms. These new laws prevent the purchase of many types of semi-automatic rifles and pistols, limit the number of rounds per magazine, and make even the purchase of ammunition more difficult among other infringements.

Our Founding Fathers, however expected the citizens to be able to own guns as good as, if not better than, the standard military weapons of the time.  In The Patriot the guns Gibson’s character and his sons used were Kentucky long rifles, weapons that could hit a man-sized target up to 200 or 300 yards away.  The British soldiers had smooth bore muskets – probably the Brown Bess – which weren’t likely to hit anything reliably from more than 50 or 60 yards. This was an accurate description of the firearms used by both sides during the Revolution.

Obviously then,  the writers of the Second Amendment wouldn’t have had any problems with private citizens today owning fully automatic weapons equivalent to those used by today’s  military including magazines of more than 10 rounds. They wanted to give citizens the ability to protect themselves from anyone, including the government, who would threaten our freedom. The difference is that the Founders trusted common citizens to be able to make responsible decisions.  Our current government doesn’t.

For those who claim our American government would never behave as badly as the British Redcoats back then might want to ask the Bundys of Nevada or the militia protesters in Oregon about what they think, but the point is that a government that totally controls the people can behave any way they want to behave.

While I want to believe the majority of progressives sincerely want to limit guns for humanitarian reasons, I’m not so sure that is the motive of the progressive leaders. Those leaders worship the concept of government control. They seem to believe that government has the right to tell us how to live our lives. The Second Amendment stands in the way of that. What our response should be to their attempts to take away our guns was best expressed by Allen West when he quoted the Spartans at Thermopylae. The Persians demanded that the Spartans surrender their arms. “Molon Labe,” they replied. “Come and take them.”

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Nicholas Wishek

Nicholas Wishek. Retired teacher. 40 years classroom experience. Served in California National Guard 6 years. BA in history, MA in education. Married 35 years. Two sons. Many columns published in OC Register 2009-2014.

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